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Elite Sports Taping - evidence & experience from professional sport

Course Description

The course is aimed at health care professionals who are responsible for the care of athletes. The course has a focus towards contact sports as the experience of the tutor lends itself well to this. With this in mind there is no ‘K-Taping’ covered, with the focus aimed on improving techniques and knowledge with zinc oxide and EAB tape.

The course will enable an attendee to effectively manage their time, order the right stock and apply the right techniques for a range of specific pathologies. The full day course tries to go beyond the mere application of tape and also addresses some of the biopsychosocial aspects of professional sport & taping such as the development of dependency, promotion of self-efficacy and building resilience within a team environment. The medical team within a squad has a responsibility to manage these issues and taping, believe it or not, is a big part of this.

You will gain practical knowledge to effectively tape your players, which is underpinned with sound theory and clinical reasoning.

 Learning outcomes

  • ? Understand how the effective and correct application of tape can affect the team environment
  • ? Understand what to order when purchasing tape for your club / team
  • ? Understanding when to & when not to apply tape
  • ? Understand Clinical Governance around taping
  • ? Understand the differences between tapes and how & when to use them
  • ? Be able to effectively apply tape for various pathologies to the
  1. Shoulder
  2. Elbow
  3. Wrist / Hand / Thumb
  4. Hip
  5. Knee
  6. Ankle

Course Timetable

09:00 – 09:15 Introduction & Objective outline
09:15 – 09:30 Important messages around taping
09:30 – 10:15 The Shoulder (Evidence / Demonstration / Practical)
10:15 – 11:00 The Elbow (Evidence / Demonstration / Practical)
11:00 – 11:45 Wrist / Hand / Thumb (Evidence / Demonstration / Practical)
11:45 – 12:00 Debrief / Q&A

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 13:15 Introduction & Objective outline
13:15 – 13:30 Important messages around taping
13:30 – 14:15 The Hip (Evidence / Demonstration / Practical)
14:15 – 15:00  The Knee (Evidence / Demonstration / Practical)
15:00 – 15:45 The Ankle (Evidence / Demonstration / Practical)
15:45 – 16:00 Debrief / Q&A
16:00  Course End


Ashley began his career in professional sport at The Physio Clinic based at the Athlete Performance Centre in North Wales in 2009. He specialised in musculoskeletal sports injuries, offering acute injury management all the way up to high level rehabilitation. During his time at the Athlete Performance Centre Ashley worked with a number of National and International athletes ranging over a number of multi-sport events including middle distance runners, sprinters, pole vaulters and gymnasts. Ashley joined the RGC senior rugby team in 2010 where he worked for 5 seasons seeing the development of the region go from strength to strength.  Ashley was part of the Wales U20's management team who travelled to New Zealand for the Junior World Cup in July 2014 and Italy in 2015 as well as assisting for home 6 nations games from 2012-2014. Ashley then moved on to a further role within the WRU as Lead Physiotherapist for the National Men's Sevens team in June 2014. During this time Ashley picked up extensive experience of taping, gaining more knowledge and expertise from physio’s from all over the world working with other countries on the 7s circuit. Ashley is now undertaking his PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University as part of his new role in Occupational Health. 

Delegate costs: 


Organiser name: 
Ken Joy
Organiser telephone: 
01202 568898
Organiser email:


Where & When

31 Mar 2018
09.00 - 17.00
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9WL
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